League honours founder clubs

The Football League is to honour its 12 founder members with specially commissioned blue plaques.

Last Updated: 02/08/13 at 13:50 Post Comment

Derby, Wolves and Preston: Honoured as founder members of The Football League

Derby, Wolves and Preston: Honoured as founder members of The Football League

Accrington, Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Burnley, Derby County, Everton, Notts County, Preston North End, Stoke, West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers all contested the inaugural season, which kicked off on September 8, 1888.

And Football League chairman Greg Clarke will recognise the special role they played in the formation of the world's original league football competition as it celebrates its 125th anniversary.

Clarke and chief operating officer Andy Williamson will be on hand this weekend to make presentations to Blackburn, Bolton, Burnley, Derby, Notts County, Preston and Wolves ahead of kick-off in their respective Anniversary Fixtures.

Accrington Stanley were presented with a plaque - on behalf of their predecessor club Accrington FC - along with Everton, ahead of the sides' recent friendly that re-created the match-up on the opening day of the 1888/89 season.

"The supporters of The Football League's founder members should take great pride from the contribution their clubs have made to the game of football and we looking forward to marking that achievement at the weekend," Clarke said.

"But as soon as the whistle goes, it is all about the new season and ten months of hard fought, competitive football.

"As ever, fans will be optimistic that this season will be their year and I'm sure every one of them can't wait to get started."

The League will also make special presentations to all the other clubs featuring in this weekend's 125th Anniversary Fixtures.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

think Finnegans Wake would have been a better reference point than Ulysses. Far more rambling and incomprehensible.

debra2927
Football People On TV: Garth Crooks

I

f I recall correctly, Degsy predicted a 100/1 shot correctly the week after his 150/1 Blackpool 4 - 3 Bolton call. I stuck a fiver on it as an idle bet. Paid for a stag do in Munich. Heady days...

baldini
Backing Hull To Beat United 2-1...

R

odgers prefers Joe Allen to Lucas? If this is true then I'm setting aside a fortnight to finally learn the rules of American Football and I'll give up on real football.

godzilla
The Jammy Gossip

Footer 365

Jose Mourinho eyes Premier League title defence with new additions

Jose Mourinho may freshen up his Chelsea squad with new faces as the club look to defend their Premier League title next season.

Hull suffer Premier League relegation as Newcastle beat West Ham

Hull City suffered relegation on a goal-laden final day in the Premier League after Newcastle secured a 2-0 victory over West Ham.

Hull 0-0 Manchester United: Steve Bruce's men suffer final-day relegation

Hull City were relegated from the Premier League after they drew 0-0 with Manchester United, who had Marouane Fellaini sent off.

Mail Box

Only One Real Manager Of The Year

Winning the Premier League with the best squad in the Premier League is only par; Ronald Koeman did a whole lot better. Plus, the last word on Raheem and...

Don't Slate Sterling For Ambition...

Raheem Sterling deserves credit for his desire to quit Liverpool, according to one mailboxer. Also: why football should not be compared to business and Degsy's latest spot of bother...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company